Here’s a fun trick. Go to any website and right click in a blank space. You’ll see an option called “View Source”. In Missouri, a reporter was threatened with hacking charges for doing exactly that, and revealing some information that the Missouri Department of Education was not happy about going public. That’s like the same reported seeing an airplane, and reporting “it’s blue”. On the other hand, I like that the attorney involved noted that the likely crime committed was that Missouri failed to protect employee personal information.

A reporter who faced potential hacking charges for viewing website source code in his browser can rest easier now that Missouri officials have decided not to prosecute him.